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Archive for April, 2008

 We’re now all in, in green matters and problems, definitely in some twirling movement, in hope of savings energies, reduice consuming and waste, giving home to our trash basket (!), and so long. There’s now a lot of new think tank, from little tries to huge organizations (here is some of them), and we can (sure?) sleep more quietly.

In the meantime, come and go movement of information, goes faster, each day we are front of new exchanges, e-mail reading and throwing (!), new APIs, where people search for the best award to come (and particularly ventures ones…;-) ) ; we try to cope with the “wave” of post, lines, pictures, video and so long representations of social activity. And we spend so much time, that we can, for a while, consider that there’s probably something which is bad for sustainable development. Probably…

Why ? How ?

Think about so huge computing frames needed to supply such apps, think about energy spendings all time, all around the world (included yours…!), wires, waves, broadcasts and web infrastructures, think about so huge events like, TEDLeWeb3SWSXPlugg and so may others, where many people from other side of the planet come to speak, hear and share…with planes, trafic, polluting the earth (tip: I know that airflights pollution provides “only” 4% of carbon production, but anyway, evil is done…). With these such early new behaviors in front of information, knowledge and share, so much computing time, so much computers new bought (most of them laptops, with high needs of energy, but also, green batteries now…), we have to manage in a regular and responsability swear. Maybe another “driving card”, provided by good sense and always reminded ; I will try to purpose some items in many (to complete, you have to !) :

  • on energy savings, probably trying to use devices, never turning them off, prefering the sleep mode, and let it sometimes in rest, avoiding to much warm situations ; don’t use too much devices for the same stuff, prefering multi frame work, device converge comes with fast steps now…(you’ll find out there too some excellent and more complete topics: WattWattLowerFootPrint for example)
  • print ? what for ? there has been so many trees driven to “death” to make books…digital reading is not so far hard now (and reactive, interactive)
  • as you sort wastes in your trash, be careful about :
    • what you send to who, avoiding to much pollution ; everyone knows how about it’s easy to send, forward, copy…to many people who don’t care about the subject, prefering the quietest position in sending message to all ; and message tools now are really talented to do it…
    • what you like to say, how you say it and maybe, the effects of your initial text is sometimes more polluting than useful
    • being short, kind and friendly way ; battle and affront situations make rising the temperature, and getting nervous. Bad for your health, you know…
    • what you keep in any further useful, with a hopeful and maybe feeling…in your memory, folders, messaging…
    • what you don’t keep (!), driving you to make some another research, spending time and energy again
  • think about doing nothing : not give up but doing anything else, which change your ideas, make some progress about thoughts, talks and what you heared ; you became more efficient next time
  • post some picture about nature, elements, animals : there’s so many of them who are going to vanish, in the next few years…
  • having some plants with you can speak with (I know some of you think “he must have turned nut…” ; kind guy…) ; not at all. Speak in front and bout nature is revealing it ; making it real and real. As you may never forget any piece of existence…and for last full of doubt, see here

Well I won’t in any case, too complete scheduled, but gave some ideas, some few elements of thinking. Social networking must be an advance on all fronts, but not anything else but IT progress, wasting others opportunities (and there’s a lot of human ones). There’s probably some simple acts to think about, to make it concrete.

Maybe this post is useless ; maybe not. I had fun about writing it, maybe you will in reading…You tell me.

And don’t forget to water the plant behind you.

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It’s while and coincidential time when I’ve spent few days in Morocco with my wife, I’ve been indeep facing another social activism. Concrete and alive, I was exposed to an amazing human “machine”, and I was each time wondering if I didn’t fell into a kind of Matrix like, or the other side of social web networks. Why ?

 

Marrakech place, for I’ve been there several times, adding others towns in Morocco, is a place where everything is possible ; you can find and do anything till your imagination can run. How ? by an invisible network, which starts with a need (but sometimes no need for a need  !), and drives you to solution, in a fraction of time. At any time of the day or the night. Ask for anything, someone, by the magic of some fees, can do it for you. With the whole service and beyond, kindness and love of being an important link to your desire. Just like if you ask a question on twitter, you sometimes don’t know how and when the answer arrives, but it does. A weird live human wire, which never stops, for a strange all long dance, movement, thousands of asks and bids, thousands of digital human bits, the biggest calculator-computing ever faced. I don’t have any pretention about it’s all exclusive in the world, but it is real and exists. 

In Marrakech, all is simplified field, to forget you spend money, how you spend your time, and how you arrive to any result. Just goal, fun and customer satisfaction. Some, in several “evolved” countries may learn about that. The way how problems mute to solutions, in a few seconds and without any particularly difficulties, is amazing. An invisible perfectly staffed and organized, always there, straight to any desire, to make your life more simple and enjoyable. No time for trouble or worry, just pleasure. Sheer emotions, just perfumes, smells, noises and tastes. Web without spiders, with oriental angels who are working for you, the “choukran” network…

I love Morroco, I’ve been there more than 25 times, for work, pleasure and so long. It’s maybe the greatest mutation ever met in last years, on how modernization, culture spreading, IT evolvement ; unfortunately, crowd rest on diet, food and suppliances missing ; fracture between heath and poverty rises. And it should not, because of currency bring–in, if there was some kind of fair sharing ; several years with education changes and employment improvement, may change the doom, if people gives a hand for.

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Some years ago, I read a book from James Gleick, called “Chaos Theory” about title subject ; stunning piece, masterpiece, including stories and scientific demos about extraordinary surveys ; something that not let you in flat state, but make you incredibly introspective mind. Maybe, nothing more disruptive since Darwin’s evolution theory.

For resume, Chaos Theory send us to a field of unpredictable stuffs, but organized in a kind of “disruptive ways”, we find such in nature and so ordinary things, like snow, atoms, fluid flows, wind blows, tree leaves, weathers forecasts, and so long…

Lots of topics, you can find, here about Mandelbrot’s fractals amazing pictures, results of mathematics demos, some endless representations which evolves with a ordered, but non predictable way…

Therefore, famous pict about Lorenz’s butterfly, result of weather behavior studies for years, and see how in a kind of organized movement, things never happen twice at the same place…

Therefore, Lorenz demonstrated with weather forecasts work, that a butterfly fly on one  side of the planet, may drive to a twirl at the other side…not convinced ; I admit, hard to swallow 😉

 

 

Here takes place our daily uses of  social exchanges, and by kind theorems, I found some killing issues within Chaos reasons. We use to talk, chat, demonstrate, blog, twit and so long. Like searchers, we launch ideas around the world but sometimes never see consequences of advices, comments ; like these tracks, parallels ways, with no echo, result, answer…Our ideas may have an affordable track, but may never see the light…We can have in parallel stories, same advices, inputs, but they may never meet and converge, if not in the same place at the same time. And it’s probably because of this theory that, a twit, blog short, or novel, can provide in one mind, sometimes far away from initial think, a strong reaction, change a life, drive people to a crime, war, destruction…and of course, beauty, passion, religion involvement or some voluntary engagement.

Everybody has one day changed something in its behaviors and uses ; by meeting, voluntary awareness, resistance mind, a read. For example, I was changed in the reading of Paulo Coehlo’s books ; I was changed in my learning of social tools too. And I will probably change a thousand times until I die ; can we consider so far that it’s a consequence of Darwin’s unavoidable scriptings, or is it “people who change people” ?  Kind of  Chaos effects ?

I’m a fan of Chaos Theory, science and mathematics ; and I’m a fan of social networking. Drifting and building bridges between citizens, reduce all fractures, support any initiative open mind, that’s probably what save us every day, in this disruptive and invisible relation flow. And this may change your point of view, on how, sometimes, some of your ideas, posts or comments, can be used, in bad or good further summits, in other places and times…

Next time, I would certainly talk about Synchronicity effect, another strange topic in Jung’s psychoanalytic.

 

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